Miley Cyrus: Being on 'Hannah Montana' 'probably caused some body dysmorphia'

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More than four years since Miley Cyrus ended her four-season run playing a teenage pop star on Hannah Montana, the singer admits that her time on the show first introduced her to the issue of beauty standards.

Covering the September issue of Marie Claire, the former Disney star opened up to the magazine about how she came to question her physical appearance after years of being "told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show."

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"From the time I was 11, it was, 'You're a pop star! That means you have to be blonde, and you have to have long hair, and you have to put on some glittery tight thing,' " she said. "Meanwhile, I'm this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup. It was like Toddlers & Tiaras. I had f—ing flippers."

Cyrus admitted that she began to develop body-image issues from how she was portrayed falsely on the Disney Channel series, telling the magazine, "I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, 'Who the f— am I?' "

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She added, "When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like shit. They lighten black girls' skin. They smooth out wrinkles. Even when I get stuck on Instagram wondering, 'Why don't I look like that?' it's a total bummer. It's crazy what people have decided we're all supposed to be."
Despite societal pressure, the pop singer told Marie Claire she won't be conforming to traditional beauty standards.

"I'm probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak," she said. "But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.

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MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 22: Actress Miley Cyrus attends 'Hannah Montana:The Movie' photocall at the Villamagna Hotel on April 22, 2009 in Madrid, Spain (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 22: Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus attend 'Hannah Montana:The Movie' photocall at the Villamagna Hotel on April 22, 2009 in Madrid, Spain (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 02: Singer/actress Miley Cyrus of the show Hannah Montana sings inside at the Hollywood Radio & Television Society 'Kids Day 2006' at the Hollywood and Highland complex on August 2, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for HRTS)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 02: Hosts Jason Earles and Miley Cyrus of the show 'Hannah Montana' speak inside at the Hollywood Radio & Television Society 'Kids Day 2006' at the Hollywood and Highland complex on August 2, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for HRTS)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 02: Singer/actress Miley Cyrus of the show Hannah Montana sings inside at the Hollywood Radio & Television Society 'Kids Day 2006' at the Hollywood and Highland complex on August 2, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for HRTS)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 02: Singer/actress Miley Cyrus (L) and actor Jason Earles (R) of the show 'Hannah Montana' sign autographs inside at the Hollywood Radio & Television Society 'Kids Day 2006' at the Hollywood and Highland complex on August 2, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images for HRTS)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 23: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actress Miley Cyrus promotes her Walt Disney Records release of the soundtrack from her TV series Hannah Montana by posing while appearing on MTV's Total Request Live October 23, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
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